NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2017

Game recaps, Coyotes and Devils swing a trade and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt each netted three points to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. It was the Coyotes 11th straight loss, tying the league record for most consecutive season-opening defeats. Devils forward Marcus Johansson missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. 

Earlier in the day, the two clubs swung a trade, as the Coyotes sent a fifth-round pick in 2018 to the Devils for goaltender Scott Wedgewood.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gotta feel for the Coyotes, who are playing hard and not giving up but can’t buy a win. It’s not as though they’re getting blown out of every game.  Four of their losses came by one goal and four by two goals. This awful start is overshadowing the play of young forward Clayton Keller, who leads the Coyotes and all NHL rookies in goals (eight) and points (12).

With Antti Raanta due to return soon from injury, the addition of Wedgewood could put current backup Louis Domingue’s future in question. Domingue’s struggled to carry the load in Raanta’s absence. 

John Tavares netted a natural hat trick and Jordan Eberle scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-2 thrashing of the Nashville Predators. 

Philip Danault had a four-point night (two goals, two assists) as the Montreal Canadiens hung on for a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers. 

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov had their 11-game points streaks come to an end as the Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Rickard Rakell scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf collected three assists for the Ducks, who welcomed back defenseman Sami Vatanen and goalie Ryan Miller from injured reserve. 

One night after being crushed 7-0 by the Vegas Golden Knights, the Colorado Avalanche rebounded with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had two goals and an assist. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and Alex Ovechkin picked up three assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Earlier in the day, Ovechkin was praised for buying clothing for a shirtless homeless man in Edmonton. “It’s something that if you see a guy almost naked out there in that kind of temperature I think every human can do something,” he said.

Jakub Voracek and Brandon Manning each tallied a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Nazem Kadri tallied both goals for the Leafs, who’ve now dropped three of their last four games. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere left the game with an upper-body injury . 

Tyler Toffoli’s buzzer-beating goal in overtime gave the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. It was his second goal of the game. 

Logan Couture’s late third-period goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, spoiling Jack Eichel’s 21st birthday. 

Scottie Upshall scored a goal and set up two others as the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Jackets winger Cam Atkinson left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury

Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves and Mikko Koivu scored the game winner as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. 

Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Gustav Nyquist tallied the tying and winning goals as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Florida Panthers 3-2 in a shootout, snapping a six-game winless skid.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Allan Walsh, the agent for Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, took to Twitter to sharply criticize the NHL’s concussion spotter system. Fleury is currently sidelined by a concussion suffered in an Oct. 13 game against Detroit. 

THE PROVINCE: Former Vancouver Canucks goalie Kay Whitmore was ordered by a judge to pay back over $384,000 he received after investing in a Ponzi scheme run by a Vancouver notary. The judge noted Whitmore “was not a party to nor had any knowledge that it was a Ponzi scheme he’d invested in.” 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2016

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored his 10th goal of the season against the Edmonton Oilers.

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored his 10th goal of the season against the Edmonton Oilers.

Game recaps, injury notes, potential KHL players turning to NHL & more in your morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2, with young stars Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews putting on a show. McDavid tallied a goal and set up another in a losing effort for the Oilers, while Leafs rookie Matthews netted his 10th of the season. 

Jack Eichel scored a goal and picked up an assist in his first game of the season, returning from injury to help the Buffalo Sabres edge the Ottawa Senators 5-4. Sens forward Mike Hoffman scored a hat trick and setting up another goal. 

Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each tallied their 13th goals of the season to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Earlier in the day, the Devils announced goaltender Scott Wedgewood (shoulder surgery) will be sidelined for six months. 

Josh Anderson had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) and Scott Hartnell netted a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets trounced the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1. The Lightning also lost forward Ryan Callahan to a lower-body injury

Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson each had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators took a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who continue to play without captain Gabe Landeskog (lower-body injury). 

Sven Baertschi scored twice, including the game winner, as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4. 

John Gibson made 39 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the league-leading Montreal Canadiens. Habs forward Andrew Shaw got ejected from the game in the third period following a penalty-box tantrum.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shaw plays with an edge to his game. While that’s helped him to a degree, it’s also made him his own worst enemy. 

Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin scored in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was the Panthers first game since firing Gerard Gallant as head coach on Sunday. 

Shayne Gostisbehere’s shootout marker gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. The Bruins had overcome a 2-0 deficit to force overtime and the shootout. They also announced defenseman John-Michael Liles was sidelined by a concussion

Jimmy Vesey’s tie-breaking goal gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Brent Burns’ overtime goal gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, who also lost top defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to an upper-body injury. No word yet how long he could be sidelined. 

Anthony Mantha tallied the game winner as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Dallas Stars 3-1. 

THE ATHLETIC:  Milan Michalek regrets waiving his no-trade clause last season accepting a trade from the Ottawa Senators to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Michalek now toils for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. “Looking back now it probably was the wrong decision,” he said, “but I’m only looking forward right now.”

NHLPA.COM: Former NHL forward Travis Moen announced his retirement. In 12 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars, Moen amassed 136 points in 747 games. He also won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. 

NATIONAL POST: Potential KHL players are starting to snub their home league for the NHL,where the caliber of play is much higher. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ilya Kovalchuck and Alexander Radulov were the only players in their prime to jump to the KHL. Otherwise, it’s a haven for aging players hoping to extend their careers or those not good enough to play in the NHL. It’s a league run mostly by Russian oil oligarchs, and with the price of oil plummeting in recent years, they cannot afford to attract the world’s top talent.